Sarah Palin and her moose hunting action may have opened the nation’s eyes to women who enjoy the blood and gore of the hunt, but her love of gunplay pales in comparison to teen sisters Sara and Katey Brandenburg who learned to love the thrill of the kill from their gun-shop owning Daddy.
Sara, 15, leads the way and is set to break a hunting world record for killing mountain sheep if she bags a ‘stone sheep’ this autumn.
That will make her the youngest female to achieve the ‘North American Grand Slam’, an exclusive club of hunters who have shot and killed four different kinds of mountain sheep in less than a year.
But she doesn’t just shoot sheep; together with her 18-year-old sister, Katey, the Brandenbergs have gunned down grizzly bears, antelopes and zebras.
The blood-thirsty pair record each kill with a gruesome picture, posing happily with the unlucky animal.
Having shot her first rifle at the age of just three, Sara has embarked on trips around the world with her hunting-obsessed family.
She said her happiest moment was in the freezing wilds of Vancouver Island, when she was taking aim at a giant grizzly bear.
The Beyoncé fan also admitted to daubing her face with the blood of her prey, and said her hobby often alienated her friends.
‘My girlfriends at school don’t really get my love of hunting,’ she said.
‘When we hang out they never really like to hear how I shot, killed and then gutted a ram or bear with my hare hands.’
‘They think it’s disgusting, but my male friends are in awe. They love coming to our house.’
‘My parents introduced me to the outdoors,’ Sara said. ‘They didn’t want us growing up playing video games and eating potato chips.’
Instead, Sara has travelled to Africa to hunt exotic game and across North America in pursuit of wild sheep.
‘I fell in love with them when I took my first,’ she said.
She tells people who sometimes don’t understand the pursuit that she’s helping to conserve the animals through the costs of the hunt – which can top tens of thousands of dollars each.
The fees help support local communities, habitats and conservation funds.
‘My family takes the meat,’ she said. ‘We respect the animal.’
The Brandeburg’s home features a tribute to the family’s love of hunting, with a special 2000sq ft purpose built room displaying over 70 stuffed animals.
The family’s favourite ‘trophy’ is a 8ft 6in polar bear, shot by the girls’ father Rod, 49, a gun-shop owner.
The girls mother, Lori, 49, is also an avid hunter.
Where the f*ck is PETA?
And does anybody else find something really wrong about putting a rifle in the hands of a three-year-old?